Barbara A. Sommer, Professor of History and former Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities, received a Ph.D. in History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2000. She has published articles on the culture and society of Portuguese Amazonia in the journals Slavery & Abolition, Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, and Colonial Latin American Historical Review. Her essay “Wigs, Weapons, Tattoos, and Shoes: Getting Dressed in Colonial Amazonia and Brazil” appeared in The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas (Sussex Academic Press, 2007). The Fulbright Commission, the Fundação Luso-Americana (Lisbon), and the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI) have supported her research.
“The Amazonian Native Nobility in Late-Colonial Pará” in Native Brazil: Beyond the Cannibal and the Convert, 1500-1899, ed. Hal Langfur, 108-131 (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).
"Why Joanna Baptista Sold Herself into Slavery: Indian Women in Portuguese Amazonia, 1755-1798," Slavery and Abolition 34, no. 1 (2013): 77-97.
"Adquirindo e defendendo os privilegios concedidos pela coroa no norte do Brasil," in Raizes do Privilegio: Mobilidade social no mundo iberico do Antigo Regime, 617-638 (Rio de Janeiro: Civilizacao Brasileira, 2011).
- First-Year Seminar: Cultural Perspectives on the Body
- The Atlantic World:1600-1850
- Colonial Latin American History
- Modern Latin American History
- Brazil: Earthly Paradise to Industrial Giant
- Historical Methods
- The Mexican Revolution
- Social Difference in Brazilian History
- Senior Seminar: Comparative Frontiers of the Americas
Barbara A. Sommer
Phone: (717) 337 - 6570
Box: Campus Box 0401
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
PhD University of New Mexico, 2000
MA University of Chicago,
BA Colorado College,